World champions line up for the 'Young Sailor of the Year' Award

Cadet, 420 and Laser world champions are all in the frame for final short-list

Wednesday November 1st 2000, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom
Youth sailing in Britain is looking stronger than ever, judging by the calibre of the 13 regional nominees for the MDL YJA ‘Young Sailor of the Year’ Award.

Sam Carter, 16, from Suffolk, won the Cadet World Championships in Poland this year, the first Briton to have won this event since Jamie Lea ten years ago. Also from Suffolk, 18-year-old Katie Archer has gone undefeated in the Laser Radial this year, winning the National and World Female Championships.

Helen Mayhew only started sailing at Sevenoaks School two years ago, but this year the 17-year-old won the 420 Women’s Worlds in La Rochelle, crewing for Christina Bassadone. This was the first British win in the 25-year history of this event, let alone by anyone so young as Mayhew.

Andrew Walsh, 18, from Truro in Cornwall, recently won the Laser National Youth Championships and will be representing Britain at the Youth Worlds in Sydney this Christmas. Judging by his speed in a breeze he could emulate Ben Ainslie’s success on Sydney Harbour and bring home Gold.

Chris English, CEO of the British Nautical Awards said, 'We have been amazed by the high standard and quality of the nominations for this year's MDL YJA 'Young Sailor of the Year'. It was a tough decision to choose our regional winners and I am delighted that we have so many outstanding young sailors out there.'

From the nominations received from the 13 RYA regions, the YJA (Yachting Journalists' Association) committee, with advice from representatives of the RYA and MDL, will select a short-list of three from which the YJA members will then elect the overall winner. The short list will be announced on 13 November 2000.

The results of all ten categories in the British Nautical Awards, dubbed the 'Oscars' of the British boating scene, will be announced on Friday, 5 January 2001, during the Boat Show Ball at the London Hilton, Park Lane. Tickets, priced at £95 per person plus VAT, are available from the ticket desk on 020 7724 8917. For further information visit the website.

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